Our aim is to connect young people and families to the beautiful continent of Africa and the thriving African Diaspora community in London, the UK and the world
Based in London, UK, our project emerged in May 2014 out of a conversation with 30 pan African Diaspora leaders bought together by Comic Relief, Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Common Purpose a global leadership development organisation, which specialises in equipping diaspora leaders.
These leaders, who passionate about the development and future of Africa, asked the question, “how can our skills, talents and experience benefit the continent of Africa? Unsurprisingly they discussed education, youth, culture and leadership.
During these conversations the seeds of an idea came to Grace Owen, founder and director of African Diaspora Kids.
Grace has been working with children and young people as a volunteer since 2006.
She imagined what it would be like to form an online community who would collectively nurture the social, cultural and leadership potential of 5-11 year old children from the African diaspora.
Her research showed a lack of London and UK based online communities for primary school aged children and families of African descent.
So, African Diaspora Kids was born!
What are we committed to?
- Growing an online community via our website africandiasporakids.com
- Curating regular blogs and publishing a free annual report
- Promoting family activities throughout the year
- Offering resources that can be downloaded for free
- Designing and delivering LEAD!, a six-day introduction to leadership programme for young people aged 11-14, inspired by African arts, culture and heritage
Our theme for the launch year was Celebrate Africa! Past, Present, Potential,
Why? Read this blog post.
Thank you for visiting. Please look around the website and share what you see with others.
The African Diaspora Kids Team